April 18, 2018

Partnerships solidified with Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia

Signing of a partnership agreement between the initiative “StartUp AsiaBerlin” (SUAB) by the Berlin Senate for Economy, Energy & Enterprises, the German Accelerator Southeast Asia (GASEA) and government institutions from Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.

Berlin, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand have partnered together with the aim of making new markets easily accessible for startups, while connecting startup ecosystems with each other.

The local partner organisations are: the Badan Economi Kreatif (BEKRAF), an Indonesian government agency on ministry-level, established for the support of the creative industry; the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), a government institution for the support of the development of information and communication technologies; and the National Innovation Agency (NIA), an entity under Thailand’s Ministry of Science and Technology for supporting innovation through startup programs.

State Secretary Christian Rickerts: “We are expanding our network in Asia by including Malaysia and Thailand to our platform StartUp AsiaBerlin and we deepen our existing cooperation with Indonesia. Through this we ease the process of collaboration for the Berlin startup scene with startups of the respective regions.”

The German-Asian platform SUAB brings the most important and dynamic startup hubs in Germany and Asia together and aims to facilitate international cooperation, market access and ecosystem building. The SUAB platform involves German and Asian startups and ecosystem builders from the startup hubs in Berlin, Bangalore, Jakarta, and Manila. This year, the network expands to Beijing, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Delhi, Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia. Visits are planned for India, China, Singapore and Indonesia in 2018.

The next activities of StartUp AsiaBerlin are taking place during the Asia-Pacific Week (APW) between 23 and 29 April 2018. SUAB presents itself by contributing in many ways to the APW startup conference Connecting Startup Cities. The highlight of the APW week is the satellite event “Seizing Market Opportunities in India, SEA and China” on 27 April. You can find information about the event and registration here. Experts and delegates from all Asian startup hubs will be participating.

SUAB is an initiative by the Berlin Senate for Economy, Energy and Enterprises in co-operation with the Gemeinschaft für International Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and with support by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in the framework of the “Bund-Länder-Pilotprogramm”. The project is being implemented by Berlin-based NGO enpact e.V., one of the leading actors in building networks with startup founders from geographically diverse startup ecosystems.